Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fourth Grade Social Studies: History of the Home State

Fourth Grade Social Studies: History of the Home State

For many public and private school students, fourth grade is the year they study their home state. Homeschool students do not necessarily learn about their home state in fourth grade, but is as good a year as any to begin that study. During the year your child will need to learn the most basic facts about the state, such as its location within the United States, the capital, and largest cities, population, and the date that it was admitted to the union. That information is pretty dry though, and really is just memorization of facts. Once they know the basics, your child may want to undergo a deeper and more exciting study of the state that she lives in. Here is where it can get very interesting and be a lot of fun. Do some research into historical sites, national parks and monuments within the state. Let your child do some research. Find the most interesting, or notorious or most recognized thing about your state. Take field trips to museums, and the state capital. See your state like a tourist would see it. Sometimes tourists know more about our own state than we do. Make studying their home state more than just a social studies lesson, make it fun, a project to undertake for a whole year. Make the whole thing a grand adventure and share in the enjoyment that that adventure creates. Have fun!

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